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    iW NEWS | Venice's "Birdwatchers" Takes Europe and Australia

    Venice competition entry "Birdwatchers" by Marco Bechis has sold to various European territories by Paris-based Celluloid Dreams, including the U.K. (Artificial Eye), Germany (Pandora) and the Benelux countries (Cinemien). The film also sold to Australia's Hopscotch on the first day of the Toronto I...

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    iW NEWS | Image Entertainment Takes "$5 a Day"

    Image Entertainment announced today at the Toronto International Film Festival that it has acquired from all North American rights (except theatrical) to the comedy "$5 a Day" from Capitol Films, Ltd. The film stars Amanda Peet, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola, and will screen in Toronto on Sept. 6, 7 and 12. "This film is certain to be an audience-pleaser with it all-star cast and funny storyline," said Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Image Entertainment, in a statement. "Amanda Peet, Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken are all hilarious in this tale of a crazy father and his not-so-crazy son." [Peter Kneg...

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    iW NEWS | "Of Time and City" For Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Terence Davies' "Of Time and City" from Hurricane Films in the UK. The deal was done via sales agent Hanway Films. The film is a "poetic ode to Liverpool" which is constructed with archival footage and narrated by Davies himself. It had its World Premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival and has its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this Sunday. "We're thrilled to be working with Terence again, his loveletter to Liverpool is a true artistic inspiration to filmmaking," said Marcus Hu, Co-President of Strand Releasing, in a statement. The deal was concluded by S...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Takes "24 City"

    The Cinema Guild announced today at the Toronto International Film Festival the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Jia Zhangke's "24 City," which documents the conversion of an old munitions factory into a sprawling complex of luxury high-rise apartments. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Kriv...

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    iW NEWS | Samuel Goldwyn Travels Down "Dark Streets" for the U.S.

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up U.S. rights to Rachel Samuels' "Dark Streets," for a planned release in the fourth quarter of the year. Peter Goldwyn, vice president of acquisitions negotiated the deal with Shaun Redick at The Collective on behalf of the filmmakers. Set in the 1930s, the film is the story of a "dashing but naive playboy who owns the hottest nightclub in town. Surrounded by the blues music he adores, and caught in a love triangle between two beautiful singers, he is the envy of every man; until, his charmed life starts to spiral out of control. As he is drawn deeper into a web of lies and betrayal, he no longer knows who t...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Makes North American "Serbis" Deal

    In a deal with Fortissimo Films, North American rights to Brillante Mendoza's "Serbis." have been acquired by Regent Releasing. The company is planning a limited winter release for the film, from the competition at this year's Cannes fest. It is now screening at the Toronto fest and is on tap for th...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Builds "Architect" for English and French Territories

    English-speaking territories and French rights to Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch's doc on renowned architect "Rem Koolhaas - A Kind of Architect" has been acquired by Arthouse Films. The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment along with John Flahive of Wavelength Pictures in the UK on behalf of the filmmakers and producers of the German production. Arthouse Films plans a release later this year or early next year. "This is a fascinating portrait of one of the world's most renowned figures in modern architecture," commented David Koh and Lilly Bright in a joint stat...

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    iW BOT UPDATE | "Sukiyaki" At The Top

    Takashi Miike's "Sukiyaki Western Django" is atop the weekly iW BOT box office chart, which was published this afternoon. The film earned $12,172 on 1 run. Rounding out the top of the iW BOT were "I Served The King of England," "Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild" and "Trouble The Water" box office...

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    iW BOT | Summer Winners and Losers at the Specialty Box Office

    The Summer season - at least by the finance-fueled standards of the film industry - is over. While this past final weekend may have been slow for the studios, Indiewood was relatively bustling. Despite "Hamlet 2"'s disastrous expansion, there was lots of hope elsewhere. First Look's "Sukiyaki Western Django," Sony Pictures Classics' "I Served The King of England," and TLA Releasing's "Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild" led the iW BOT on a handful (or less) screens each, and a burst of August specialty hits took full advantage of their numbered days. But with Labor Day a memory and TIFF just two days away, lets take a iW BOT detour and r...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Embraces New Almodovar Film

    Continuing their relationship with Pedro Almodovar, Sony Pictures Classics has announced the acquisition of Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces." The film, starring Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, and Blanca Portilla, is currently shooting in Madrid and the Canary Islands. The company describes the film as "a four-way tale of amour-fou, shot in the style of '50s American film noir at its most hard-boiled, and will mix references to works like Nicholas Ray's 'In A Lonely Place' and Vincente Minnelli's 'The Bad And The Beautiful', with signature Almodovar themes such as Fate, the mystery of creation, guilt, unscrupulous power, the eternal search of ...

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